Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The process of applying a line, border, or box to your text changes the paragraph
formatting. The format sticks with the paragraph, even when you press Enter to start a new
paragraph. To remove the line, border, or box, see the later section, “Removing borders.”
Putting a line above a heading
A common use of lines in Word is to apply a line to a heading in your document. It’s a form of text
decoration; plus, it helps to break up the document. Here’s how it’s done:
1. Place the insertion pointer in a heading or paragraph.
2. From the Borders command button, choose the Top Border command.
If you want to change the border thickness, color, or style (dashed or dotted), you summon the
Borders and Shading dialog box. Use the Color and Width menus to apply color and thickness.
Boxing text or paragraphs
To stick a box around any spate of words or paragraphs, summon the Borders and Shading dialog
box (refer to Figure 18-2 ) , and choose a box style from the Setting column: Box, Shadow, or 3-D.
Click OK.
To ensure that the border is applied to text (words) and not to the entire paragraph, select
the text first and then choose Text from the Apply To drop-down list in the Borders and
Shading dialog box.
Another way to place a box around a passage of text is to use a text box. Unlike text formatting, a
text box is a graphical element you can insert into your document. See Chapter 23 .
Boxing a title
Someday when you’re tasked with creating an organizational newsletter, you can surprise all your
friends and others who were smart enough to avoid that task by coming up with a fancy title, similar
to the newsletter heading shown in Figure 18-3 . It looks complex and such, but it’s nothing more
than the crafty application of borders; plus, some deft text, paragraph, and tab stop skills.
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